Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has reportedly urged the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government to declare Dengue and Malaria as notifiable diseases to be able to prepare for a successful eliminate these two vector-borne diseases from the national capital.
He informed that Delhi authorities have assured that these two diseases will be notified this year. “I urged the Lieutenant Governor and the (Delhi) health minister to notify malaria and dengue as notifiable diseases, which has been pending for years. It will help track each patient and lead to a successful elimination of the diseases,” news agency PTI quoted Dr Harsh Vardhan as saying.
The Union Health Minister said that the target to eradicate Malaria from the national capital has been pushed from 2020 to 2022. “As we move towards elimination, 10% of all fever cases need to be screened for Malaria so that no cases of malaria can escape detection,” he added.